They Tried to Rock, Vol. 4: The Popsters

They Tried to Rock, Vol. 4: The Popsters

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Where its cousin, They Tried to Rock, Vol. 3: The Popsters, had a few big hits -- Louis Prima's "Jump Jive and Wail," the McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely," the Crew Cuts' "Sh Boom" -- there's nothing on the same level on They Tried to Rock, Vol. 4, but overall, it's a better example of how lost mainstream pop singers were in the wake of rock & roll. This disc, which runs 33 tracks just like its companion, has records that are embarrassingly square, along with some corkers that swing almost as hard as real rock & roll. Surprisingly, one of those sides comes from the Crew Cuts, whose version of "Suzie Q" is propelled by a little bit of fuzz guitar, but Rosemary Clooney's "Shot Gun Boogie" also swings like genuine country boogie, Nat King Cole's "Send for Me" is an insouciant shuffle, and Ella Mae Morse lays into "Lovey Dovey" with bluesy fervor. Most of these cuts, though, "can't rock and roll to save my soul," to borrow a phrase from Pearl Bailey. Her single treats rock & roll like so many different dance crazes, an understandable but misbegotten notion that fuels several other decided square singles here, including the absurd "Rockabilly Party" by Hugo & Luigi, Jean Dinning's stiff mambo through "Bo Diddley," Jo Stafford's reworking of "I Got a Woman" as "I Got a Sweetie," and Donny Baker's wild inversion of "Drinkin' Wine-Spo-Dee-O-Dee," "Drinkin' Pop-Sodee Odee (Pop Pop)." These records are cheerful embarrassments, but They Tried to Rock isn't about laughing at the past, it's a history lesson in just how odd and messy things were at the start of the rock & roll explosion, and most of the rest of the disc -- Tony Bennett's cheerful "Close Your Eyes," Pat Boone's oblivious "The Fat Man," Teresa Brewer's "Bo Weevil," a fairly raucous rendition of "Rock & Roll Ruby" from Lawrence Welk, and Johnnie Ray's overheated "Flip Flop and Fly" -- showcases singers ready to rock, if they only had some idea how.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2015
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102174179
catalogNumber: 2851304
Rank: 110390

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Conniff   Leader
Percy Faith   Leader
Myron Floren   Accordion
Lawrence Welk   Leader
Pearl Bailey   Vocals
Teresa Brewer   Vocals
Rosemary Clooney   Vocals
Perry Como   Vocals
Doris Day   Vocals
Ella Mae Morse   Vocals
Johnnie Ray   Vocals
Jo Stafford   Vocals
Pat Boone   Vocals
Paul   Guitar
George Barnes   Guitar
Tony Bennett   Vocals
Dick Hyman   Piano
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Billy May   Leader
Ted Nash   Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Bob Haggart   Bass
Klink   Saxophone
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Matty Matlock   Saxophone
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Caiola   Guitar
Don Cornell   Vocals
George Van Eps   Guitar
Justin Gordon   Saxophone
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Don Redman   Conductor
Buddy Weed   Piano
Mitch Miller   Leader
Billy Vaughn   Leader
Buddy Merrill   Guitar
Guy Mitchell   Vocals
Dorothy Collins   Vocals
Georgia Gibbs   Vocals
Betty Johnson   Vocals
Billy Mure   Guitar
Dick Kesner   Violin
Si Zentner   Trombone
Stan Webb   Saxophone
Charles Albertine   Saxophone
Don Arnone   Guitar
Mitchell Ayres   Leader
Danny Bank   Saxophone
Sid Bass   Conductor
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Walter Benson   Trombone
Frank Carroll   Bass
Nat King Cole   Vocals
John Collins   Guitar
Frank Comstock   Leader
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Sid Cooper   Saxophone
Mike Douglas   Vocals
Larry Elgart   Saxophone
Elgart   Leader
Nick Fatool   Drums
Frank Flynn   Percussion
Mary Ford   Vocals
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean   Conductor
Roy Harte   Drums
Buddy Hayes   Bass
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Dick Jacobs   Choir Director
John Klein   Drums
Ronald Langinger   Saxophone
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Norman Leyden   Conductor
Sal Libero   Saxophone
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Jim Lowe   Vocals
Bernie Mattinson   Vibes
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
John Murtaugh   Saxophone
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Lou Raderman   Violin
George Roberts   Trombone
Bobby Rosengarden   Tambourine
Jack Ryan   Bass
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Terry Snyder   Drums
Dave Somerville   Vocals
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Jack Sperling   Drums
Fred Stulce   Saxophone
Knobby Totah   Bass
Harold Wegbreit   Trumpet
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Leader
Larry Breen   Bass
Charles Griffard   Trumpet
Pullman Pederson   Trombone
Henry Stone   Saxophone
Stanley Webb   Saxophone
Lee Young   Drums
John d'Agostino   Trombone
Leonard Hartman   Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman   Saxophone
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Henry Ross   Saxophone
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Harry Terrill   Saxophone
Philip Zolkind   Saxophone
Pat Barrett   Vocals
Eileen Barton   Vocals
Jean Dinning   Vocals
John Felton   Vocals
Evan Fisher   Vocals
Bud Johnson   Trumpet
Gloria Mann   Vocals
Rudy Maugeri   Vocals
Art Mooney   Conductor
John Perkins   Vocals
Jimmy Carroll   Leader
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Ray Perkins   Vocals
Walter Betman   Saxophone
Robert Dockstader   Trombone
Sebastian Mure   Guitar
Henry Rowland   Piano
George Seaburg   Trumpet
Don Cherry   Vocals
Richard Henry   Saxophone
Aladdin Pallante   Violin
Robert Haggart   Bass
Ryland Weston   Clarinet
Ray Charles Singers   Choir, Chorus
Ernest Romersa   Tenor Saxophone
Robertson   Trombone
Alvin Aaron   Saxophone
Dave Cavanaugh   Leader
Richard C. Shanahan   Drums
Paul T. Smith   Piano
Joe Marshall   Drums
Larry Hooper   Piano
Henry "Butch" Stone   Baritone Saxophone
Alvin R. Hendrickson   Guitar
Vito N. "Micky" Mangano   Trumpet
Ernie Ardi   Guitar
Roy Raye   Trumpet
Clover Leafs   Vocals
Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson   Guitar
Allan Thompson   Trombone
Bob Lido   Violin
James Dahl   Trombone
Ed Kusby   Trombone
Richard Noel   Trombone
Charles O. Butler   Tenor Saxophone
Mellomen   Choir, Chorus
Ocie Smith   Vocals
Hymie Shertzer   Saxophone
George Sylvester "Red" Callender   Bass,Tuba
Ted Sommer   Drums
Raymond "Ray" Sims   Trombone
Jack W. Marshall   Guitar
Francis L. Howard   Trombone
Emanuel "Mannie" Klein   Trumpet
James Crawford   Drums
Sam Taylor   Saxophone
Geoffrey Clarkson   Piano
Milton "Milt Rogers" Adelstein   Piano
Bill Verasci   Saxophone
Bob Byrne   Trombone
Charles P. Harris   Bass
Donny Baker   Vocals
Joseph Graves   Trumpet
Len Hartman   Saxophone
Norm Bailey   Trumpet
Roland Burdock   Bass
Ronald Woellner   Trumpet
Herman McCoy Boys   Background Vocals
Vanig Hovapian   Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Tennessee Ernie Ford   Composer
Percy Faith   Arranger
Ray Charles   Composer
Frankie Lymon   Composer
Paul   Instrumentation
Carl Perkins   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Otis Williams   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Boyd Bennett   Composer
Betty Johnson   Illustrations
Hal Blaine   Composer
Joe Carlton   Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Dick Jacobs   Orchestra Director
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Randy Wood   Producer
Jimmy Merchant   Composer
Herman Santiago   Composer
Henry Stone   Composer
Ollie Jones   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Charles Sutton   Composer
Larry Gordon   Arranger
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Hoffman   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie   Composer
Joe Lubin   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Earl Burrows   Composer
Memphis Curtis   Composer
Roquel Davis   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Hank Davis   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Reichner   Composer
Harry Pratt   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer
Charles Calhoun   Composer
Este   Illustrations,Photo Restoration
Robert Musel   Composer
Freddy Elzinga   Illustrations
Scott Parker   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
John Young   Composer
Bill Bellman   Composer
Fred Towne   Composer
Roy Forbes   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer

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